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Gymnastics state qualifier postponed (with bonus preview!)

Miranda Lund of Plainview JFK performs her floor

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The Nassau gymnastics state qualifier, slated to be held today in Hicksville at 5 p.m., has been moved to tomorrow, Tuesday, same flippy place, same flippy hour.

Now that we've gotten that bit of housekeeping out of the way, here's a quick primer of what to expect when (if) the snow makes the roads passable on Tuesday.

As always, Bethpage and Plainview will likely have their fair share...

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Bethpage gymnastics' Rhatigan wins 200th

KIM RHATIGAN Long Island girls gymnastics coach of

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

You can't just rack up wins willy nilly in high school gymnastics. Even on the best of years, the most you'll get is 10 or so, depending on schedule and powers that be. And in a sport as capricious as this one, not every year can be the best of years.

Which is why Bethpage coach Kim Rhatigan's success is all the more impressive.

Rhatigan collected the 200th victory in her 24 year career,...

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Sewanhaka District gymnastics gains steam, knocks off opponents

Sewanhaka gymnast Stephanie Jennings performs on the balance

(Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Sewanhaka District coach Katie Mosie said that back when she was on the high school gymnastics team in 2006, they maaaaay have beaten Plainview JFK once. Maybe.

"You should've seen our faces today when we won," Mosie said. "We were shocked...we had them check it again."

That's how hard it is to beat Plainview. Sewanhaka defeated Conference I's second place team Friday, 158.4-158.0,...

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Freshman Alyssa Firth, Bethpage gymnastics wow 'em

Bethpage gymnast Alyssa Firth performs her floor exercise

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(A coherent lede, that was not.)

You'll have to excuse the writing, because Thursday night's rival match pitting defending champion Bethpage against always-almost-champion Plainview was a stunner.

We're talking .05 point differential. We're talking it coming down to a freshman and an injured captain, and we're also talking about the girls who are going to be right up...

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Middle Country gymnastics wins League III championship

It had been eight years since Middle Country gymnastics won a championship title. This year, not only did they win the title in League III, but they finished undefeated, giving head coach Melissa Valentino something to be exceptionally proud of.

“All girls competed on this team and no girl was left behind,” Valentino said.

The Cougars finished the season with a team average of 147.96.


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